The Darkmatter Xbox laptop gives users with something that few device makers can offer: the pride of assembling your own device. That said, those who prefer to not go through assembling the Darkmatter may order a pre-assembled device, instead.
Created by the Austin, Texas-based startup Techjango, Darkmatter boasts of being the first open source Xbox laptop that is compatible with Arduino. The device’s panels are made of 3 mm black acrylic whereas the parts were created through a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer out of ABS plastic. The Darkmatter logo, which is found on the laptop’s lid, is also laser-cut and glowing, lending the device a professional look.
Darkmatter features an Arduino-based custom-made board known as the Xduino360. It comes with a capacitive touch interface with controls such as Power, Eject, volume adjustment, and sync.
Among its specifications are a 720p HD widescreen backlit LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4GB storage, internal DVD, D-type 3W internal stereo amplifier, dual internal 3W speakers, and a stereo audio jack. An innovative cooling system allows the device to maintain a slim profile.
The compact console also supports Microsoft Kinect and Xbox apps and peripherals. Darkmatter carries support for Xbox 360, as well as Xbox ONE, the latter only for those who are going to order the complete kit.
Those who are interested in offering their support for the laptop may contribute as little as $10 to the campaign. $75 entitles backers to an Xduino 360 board, while $199 gives backers a complete casing kit, but excludes the electronic parts. A complete kit, for those who want to assemble the Darkmatter themselves costs $499, whereas a pre-assembled and tested laptop costs $999.
The team behind Darkmatter hopes to raise $25,000 for the project which will go on for 30 days on Kickstarter.